Zádor: The Plains of Hungary MAV Symphony Orchestra & Mariusz Smolij

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Label: Naxos

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

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  • Eugene Zádor (1894 - 1977):
  • 1Dance Overture07:32
  • Fantasia Hungarica:
  • 2I. Moderato05:58
  • 3II. Poco vivo05:05
  • Eugene Zádor (1894 - 1977):
  • 4Élégie "The Plains of Hungary"09:32
  • 5Rhapsody for Cimbalom & Orchestra12:14
  • 6Variations on a Merry Theme by Johann Strauss22:20
  • 7Rhapsody for Orchestra14:59
  • Total Runtime01:17:40

Info for Zádor: The Plains of Hungary

In the last two decades of his career Eugene Zádor, whose music fused Classicism with Romanticism to universal acclaim, wrote a series of works that reflected his Hungarian roots. Subtly flavoured by folklore without any direct quotations, Zádor’s facility for melody, harmony and colour is exemplified in the Rhapsody for Orchestra, while his gift for lyricism and pithy concision is to the fore in the Fantasia Hungarica for double bass and orchestra. The Rhapsody for Cimbalom and Orchestra reveals his ceaselessly inventive imagination in music that is orchestrated with the deftest touch.

Zsolt Fejervari, double bass
Kalman Balogh, cimbalom
Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV
Mariusz Smolij, conductor

The MAV Symphony Orchestra
was founded in 1945 by the Hungarian State Railways – one of the most significant companies in Hungary. The orchestra currently consists of ninety professional musicians. The MAV Symphony Orchestra is ranked among the best professional orchestras in Hungary.

In recent decades the orchestra has developed a wide-ranging repertoire from music of the Baroque era to works by contemporary composers.

The MAV Symphony Orchestra presents its subscription concerts in the most respected concert halls of Hungary: the Liszt Music Academy and the Palace of Arts. Besides full-orchestra concerts it regularly performs chamber music and youth concerts as well.Each year the MAV Symphony Orchestra participates in one of the most renowned artistic festivals in Europe, the Budapest Spring Festival.

Throughout its history, the orchestra has established close connections with famous Hungarian and internationally-renowned conductors and soloists.

In the past decades the concerts of the MAV Symphony Orchestra were conducted by János Ferencsik, Lamberto Gardelli, Kobayashi Ken-Ichiro, Franco Ferrara, Uri Mayer, Hans Swarowsky, Carlo Zecchi, Moshe Atzmon, Kurt Masur, Herbert Blomstedt, James Levine, Irwin Hoffman, Carlo Ponti Jr. and Yuri Simonov, to name but a few.

Several renowned soloists have performed with the orchestra: Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, José Carreras, Kiri Te Kanawa, Lucia Aliberti, Lazar Berman, Jeanne-Marie Darré, Endre Gertler, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Ruggiero Ricci, David Geringas, Jevgeni Bushkov, Ramzi Yassa, Dudu Fischer, Fujiko Hemming, Alexander Markov, Tamás Vásáry, Zoltán Kocsis, Dezső Ránki, Miklós Perényi, Jenő Jandó, Jeremy Menuhin, Roberto Díaz and many others.

The high quality of the orchestra has often been acknowledged during its tours in several foreign countries. The orchestra has performed in every country of Europe as well as in Lebanon, Hong Kong, Japan, China and Oman. Performances have taken place at many of the most important and respected concert halls, such as the Musikvereinsaal in Vienna, the Konzertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Shanghai Oriental Art Center.

The orchestra has also participated at several European festivals: in Lourdes, Vienna, Thessaloniki, Rome, Assisi. A highlight of these appearances was the MAV Symphony Orchestra’s 1988 special concert for Pope John Paul II at his summer-residence in Castelgandolfo.

MAV Symphony Orchestra is the only Hungarian orchestra to participate in the legendary Three Tenors Production – this was very successfully performed in January, 1999 in the Tokyo Dome for 32,000 people and the members of the Japanese Imperial family attending. The orchestra performed on Pavarotti’s Farewell Concert Tour in Europe – over the course of two years they presented ten concerts with the bel canto tenor star.

Mariusz Smolij
has won great acclaim from the international press and has led over 120 orchestras on four continents. In North America he has collaborated with the Houston Symphony (resident conductor, 2000–03), the New Jersey Symphony, the Orchestra of Chicago Lyric Opera, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Symphony Nova Scotia and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.

He also enjoys a notable reputation performing with important orchestras in Europe, South Africa and China. He is the founding member of the Penderecki String Quartet, former artistic director of the Lutosławski Philharmonic Orchestra, Wrocław, and the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans, Poland, and currently serves as music director of the Acadiana Symphony in Louisiana, the Riverside Symphonia in New Jersey and the Toruń Symphony Orchestra in Poland.

His recordings for Naxos include releases of works by Andrzej Panufnik, Tadeusz Szeligowski, Miklós Rózsa, Eugene Zádor and Ernst Bloch. In 2015, his recording of music by Polish female composer, Grażyna Bacewicz [Naxos 8.573229], won the prestigious Fryderyk Award. The MAV Symphony Orchestra has been the resident symphony orchestra at the highly respected Beiteddine Festival in Lebanon. In previous seasons, the orchestra has performed with world-famous opera stars such as Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras and Placido Domingo, and also with Gabriel Yared, the renowned Lebanese composer at his world premiere night at Beiteddine Festival.

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